Vce Drama Study Design2019-2023

Vce Drama Study Design2019-2023

VCE DRAMA STUDY DESIGN 2019-2023 IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority 2018 The copyright in this PowerPoint presentation is owned by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority or in the case of some materials, by third parties. No part may be reproduced by any process except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 or with permission from the Copyright Officer at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Implementation in 2019 Units 1 and 2 and Units 3 and 4 Available online on VCAA website Study Design Advice for teachers (Term 3 2018) List of resources (Term 3 2018) Performance examination specifications (early 2019) Written examination specifications and sample questions (early 2019)

Part 1 STUDY OVERVIEW Teachers should thoroughly familiarise themselves with the Study Design including: Introduction, Scope of study, Rationale & Aims (p. 5 - 6) Structure (p. 6) Assessment and Reporting (p. 8) Units 1 4 (p. 13 31) SCOPE OF STUDY VCE Drama focuses on connections between work that students devise and perform and

their study of work by other drama practitioners and contemporary and traditional drama practice. The focus of the study is on the creation and performance of characters and stories that communicate ideas, meaning and messages. RATIONALE In VCE Drama, students tell stories, explore ideas, make sense of their worlds and communicate meaning through the practice of performance-making. The study of drama enables students individual and collective identities to be explored, expressed and validated. Through the processes of devising and

performing Drama, students investigate self and others by exploring and responding to the contexts, the narratives and the stories that shape their worlds. UNIT TITLES VCE DRAMA 2019-23 1 Introducing performance styles 2 Australian identity

3 Devised ensemble performance 4 Devised solo performance OUTCOME TITLES VCE DRAMA 2019-23 Creating a devised performance 1 Introducing

performance styles Presenting a devised performance Analysing a devised performance Analysing a professional drama performance Using Australia as inspiration 2 Australian identity Presenting a devised performance Analysing a devised performance Analysing an Australian drama performance

3 4 Devised ensemble performance Devised solo performance Devising and presenting ensemble performance Analysing a devised ensemble performance Analysing and evaluating a professional drama performance Demonstrating techniques of solo performance Devising a solo performance Analysing and evaluating a devised solo performance

ASSESSMENT The percentage contributions to the study score in VCE Drama are as follows: GA1 GA2 GA3 Units 3 and 4 Schoolassessed Coursework Performance examination

End-of-year written examination 25% 40% 35% ASSESSMENT The marks allocated to School-assessed Coursework tasks are: TASK 1 TASK 2 TOTAL

Unit 3 Outcome 1 100 100 Unit 3 Outcome 2 25 25 Unit 3 Outcome 3

25 25 Unit 3 Unit 4 Outcome 1 15 Unit 4 Outcome 3 25 Unit 4

10 Unit total Study score contribution 150 Unit 3 Coursework 30% 50 Unit 4 Coursework 10% 25

25 Part 2 WHATS IN THE STUDY DESIGN? TERMS USED IN THIS STUDY Pages 9-12 of the study design These definitions apply across the study and the associated assessment and will also inform the performance and written examination papers. The Advice for Teachers provides additional information and should be used in conjunction with

the study design. The definitions draw on information from the previous study design and other documentation such as performance examination and written examination specifications. PERFORMANCE STYLES Performance styles are defined by the way acting, conventions and production areas are used to shape performances. In VCE Drama students draw on a range of performance styles to devise performances that go beyond the reality of life as it is lived. They juxtapose a number of performance styles to make dramatic statements and theatre that is innovative, transformational and creative. This work is likely to be eclectic in nature.

Students use creative processes to devise and define the performance style of each work with a specific purpose and intention for the audience. Note: See SD p. 11 for details. GOING BEYOND REALITY Students will explore a range of performance styles to devise work that is eclectic in nature. Students will create performances that go beyond the reality of life as it is lived. STUDYING PERFORMANCE STYLES

Across Units 1 to 4 students will study a diverse range of performance styles, as indicated for each unit. Performance styles studied in VCE Drama will draw on drama traditions and practice including: ritual and story-telling contemporary drama practice and performance styles the work of drama practitioners and associated performance styles. Styles selected for study may reference these categories individually and/or in combination. APPLICATION OF SYMBOL Application of symbol creating meaning that is not literal.

Application of symbol allows actors to communicate ideas and themes through action, gesture, language, vocal or facial expression, object/property, costume, set pieces or heightened movement. Application of symbol may assist transformations. Note: See SD p. 9 for details. TRANSFORMATION Transformation refers to techniques or methods used by actors to transform or transition between characters and/or times and/or places. The process of changing or transforming seamlessly is

a feature of devised performance work. Note: See SD p. 12 for details. TECHNIQUES FOR TRANSFORMING Examples of techniques for transforming may include:

snapping morphing/melding giving and taking action and reaction use of production areas use of a sound/word use of an action or gesture use of heightened language repetition. Actors also explore the speed of the transition, for example slow-motion, fast-forward or reverse. Application of symbol may assist with transformation. Techniques may be associated with particular performance styles or conventions.

PRODUCTION AREAS Productions areas encompass the technical aspects that are used within a performance. In VCE Drama production areas are used in ways that are relevant to the selected performance style/s. Note: See SD p. 11-12 for details. CONVENTIONS VCE Drama 2019-23 Transformation of character Transformation of time

Transformation of place Application of symbol Note: See SD p.9 for details DRAMATIC ELEMENTS VCE Drama 2019-23 Climax Conflict Contrast Mood Rhythm Sound Space Tension

Note: See SD p. 9-10 for details EXPRESSIVE SKILLS VCE Drama 2019-23 Voice Movement Gesture Facial expression Note: See SD p.10 for details PERFORMANCE SKILLS VCE Drama 2019-23

Focus Timing Energy Actor-audience relationship Check SD p.10-11 for details PLAY-MAKING TECHNIQUES VCE Drama 2019-23 Researching Brainstorming Improvising Scripting Editing

Rehearsing Refining PRODUCTION AREAS VCE Drama 2019-23 Costume Lighting Make-up Mask Props Puppetry Set pieces Sound design Theatre technologies

Understanding the Study Design Each Outcome is described in terms of key knowledge and key skills Key knowledge Key Skills Provides the Content Provides the Application For example: Identify

Research Explain Apply Analyse Describe Develop Document Understanding the Study Design Unit 1 Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able devise and document solo and/or ensemble drama works based on their experiences and/or stories. Key knowledge

Ways stimulus material can be researched, given meaning and shaped into a performance. (extract from study design) Key Skills Document how a range of stimulus material can be researched, given meaning and shaped into a performance. (extract from study design) UNIT 1 The study of three or more performance styles from a range of social, historical and cultural

contexts. What students do: Examine drama traditions of ritual and storytelling to devise performances that go beyond re-creation and/or representation of real life as it is lived Explore the conventions of application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place Note: See SD p.13-16 (AoS) & p.16-17 (Assessment) Unit 1: Introducing performance styles Area of Study 1: Creating a devised performance Area of Study 2: Presenting a devised performance Area of Study 3:

Analysing a devised performance Area of Study 4: Analysing a professional drama performance Unit 1 AOS 1 : Creating a devised performance Use play-making techniques to devise and develop solo and or ensemble performances. Use a range of stimulus material relevant to their personal, cultural and/or community experiences and stories. Explore a range of performance styles and draw on their ideas as they respond to a given structure and stimulus material. Explore conventions of application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place Record and document the play-making techniques used in the

development of this performance work. Create, explore, apply, document Unit 1 AOS 2 : Presenting a devised performance Present to an audience a devised solo and/or ensemble drama work based on a range of stimulus material relevant to the students personal, cultural and/or community experiences and stories. Use a range of performance styles to present these stories, ideas and characters to an audience. Explore conventions of application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place Explore and develop skills in establishing and maintaining an appropriate actor-audience relationship. Present, manipulate, apply

Unit 1 AOS 3 : Analysing a devised performance Analyse their own performance work completed in Outcomes 1 and 2. Reflect upon and document work processes using appropriate drama terminology. Demonstrate development of the use of expressive skills, performance skills, stimulus material, dramatic elements, conventions, production areas, performance styles, and approaches to character and roles. Describe, analyse, reflect Unit 1 AOS 4 : Analysing a professional drama performance

Analyse a performance by professional drama performers. Evaluate the expressive and performance skills used to communicate character to an audience. Identify and evaluate the effectiveness of conventions, dramatic elements and production areas in communicating meaning in a performance. Analyse and evaluate the use of performance styles based on the way conventions, dramatic elements and production areas are used in the performance. Analyse and evaluate how the actor-audience relationship is created and manipulated. Analyse, evaluate Assessment Unit 1- Pages 16-17 Outcome 1 assessment task may be selected from the

following: a paper-based journal an e-journal a journal that combines hard and soft copy components Outcome 2 assessment task: performance Outcome 3 assessment task use one of the following formats: an oral presentation a multimedia presentation responses to structured questions. Outcome 4 assessment task: response to structured questions. UNIT 2

Aspects of Australian identity evident in contemporary drama practice. This may also involve exploring the work of selected drama practitioners and associated performance styles. What students do Use stimulus material that allows them to explore an aspect or aspects of Australian identity. Examine selected performance styles and explore the associated conventions. Note: See SD p.18-21 (AoS) and p.21-22 (Assessment) Unit 2: Australian identity Area of Study 1: Using Australia as inspiration Area of Study 2:

Presenting a devised performance Area of Study 3: Analysing a devised performance Area of Study 4: Analysing an Australian drama performance Unit 2 AOS 1 : Using Australia as inspiration Explore the use of a range of stimulus material to create a performance based on an event, an issue, a place, an artwork, a text and/or an icon from an Australian context. Experiment with ways that play-making techniques, expressive skills, performance skills, dramatic elements, conventions, performance styles and production areas may be used. Explore how to realise the dramatic potential of stimulus material and shape dramatic action.

Consider how to use techniques to have an effect on and engage the audience in ways that are appropriate to contemporary drama practice. Record and document the play-making techniques used to develop this performance work. Explore, apply, document Unit 2 AOS 2 : Presenting a devised performance Present a solo performance or an ensemble performance to an audience. Demonstrate effective use of conventions appropriate to contemporary drama practice. Apply expressive and performance skills. Apply symbol and transformation of character, time and place. Incorporate production areas appropriate to selected

performance styles. Manipulate dramatic elements to convey meaning and enhance a performance. Create and manipulate a clear actor-audience relationship, appropriate to the selected performance styles. Present, manipulate, apply Unit 2 AOS 3 : Analysing a devised performance Analyse the development, and performance to an audience, of the devised work completed in Outcomes 1 and 2. Reflect on and articulate the ways play-making techniques and processes were used to explore and extract dramatic potential of the stimulus material. Analyse approaches to shaping and refining the work

and creating and manipulating the actor- audience relationship. Continue to develop the use of appropriate drama terminology to describe and analyse performance. Describe, analyse, reflect Unit 2 AOS 4 : Analysing a professional drama performance Analyse the expressive and performance skills used to communicate character to an audience. Analyse ways in which performance styles, conventions, dramatic elements and production areas have been manipulated to communicate meaning in a performance. Explain and evaluate the effectiveness of a range of performance styles, conventions, dramatic elements and

production areas in the performance. Analyse and evaluate how the actor-audience relationship was created and manipulated. Analyse, explain, evaluate Assessment Unit 2- Pages 21-22 Outcome 1 assessment task may be selected from the following: a paper-based journal an e-journal a journal that combines hard and soft copy components Outcome 2 assessment task: performance Outcome 3 assessment task use one of the following formats:

an oral presentation a multimedia presentation responses to structured questions. Outcome 4 assessment task: response to structured questions. UNIT 3 Students explore the work of drama practitioners and draw on contemporary practice as they devise ensemble performance work. They explore performance styles and associated conventions from a diverse range of contemporary and/or traditional contexts. What students do: students are required to create work that goes beyond reality. The work may reflect a specific performance

style or one that draws on multiple performance styles and is therefore eclectic in nature. Unit 3: Devised ensemble performance Area of Study 1: Devising and presenting ensemble performance Area of Study 2: Analysing a devised performance Area of Study 3: Analysing and evaluating a professional drama performance Unit 3 AOS 1 : Devising and presenting ensemble performance Use play-making techniques to extract dramatic potential from the

stimulus material, and devise and develop characters, story and meaning in the ensemble performance. Apply knowledge of ways other drama practitioners work to devise and shape their work to communicate meaning and to have an impact on their audience in specific and intentional ways. Develop a work that incorporates application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place. Explore a range of performance styles and draw on their ideas as they respond to a given structure and stimulus material. Manipulate dramatic elements, production areas, expressive and performance skills and the actor-audience relationship to communicate meaning. Explore, apply, manipulate, present, document

Unit 3 AOS 2 : Analysing a devised ensemble performance Analyse the dramatic potential and use of stimulus material. Describe, analyse and evaluate play-making techniques used at different stages of the development of a devised ensemble. Describe, analyse and evaluate the selection, use and manipulation of conventions (including application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place). Describe, analyse and evaluate ways that dramatic elements, production areas and selected performance styles have been used in the construction, development and presentation of the ensemble. Use appropriate drama terminology to describe, analyse and evaluate performance. Describe, analyse, evaluate

Unit 3 AOS 3 : Analysing and evaluating a professional drama performance Analyse and evaluate the actors use of expressive and performance skills to represent character and to communicate meaning in the performance Analyse and evaluate the manipulation of conventions, dramatic elements and production areas within a performance Analyse and evaluate the use of performance styles within a production Analyse and evaluate how the actor-audience relationship was created and manipulated. Analyse, evaluate

School-based assessment Unit 3 School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3: 30 percent of the study score Outcomes Assessment tasks Outcome 1 Develop and present characters within a devised ensemble performance that goes beyond a representation of real life as it is lived. Development and presentation of characters

within a devised ensemble performance. Each student should have approximately 5 to 8 minutes of primary focus performance time in the work. 100 marks Outcome 2 Analyse the use of processes, techniques and skills to create and present a devised ensemble performance. Analysis of the development and performance of characters from the ensemble work developed

for Outcome 1. The analysis and evaluation may be presented in one or both of the following formats: an oral presentation written responses to structured questions. 25 marks School-based Assessment Unit 3 cont. School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3: 30 percent of the study score Outcomes Assessment tasks Outcome 3

An analysis and evaluation of a play selected from the Unit 3 Playlist. The analysis and evaluation will be presented as written responses to structured questions. 25 marks Total marks 150 UNIT 4 This unit focuses on the development and presentation of devised solo performances. Students demonstrate techniques of a short solo performance. They then create and develop a solo performance from the

prescribed Drama Solo Performance Examination published annually on the VCAA website. What students do: Explore and experiment with application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place. They apply performance styles, conventions, dramatic elements, production areas, expressive skills and performance skills to shape and give meaning to their work. Unit 4 AOS 1 : Demonstrating techniques of solo performance Use play-making techniques to extract dramatic potential of given stimulus material Devise a solo performance in response to given stimulus

Manipulate the conventions of application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place. Use dramatic elements, expressive skills, performance skills, performance styles and production areas to develop and enhance techniques of a devised solo performance Describe use of transformation techniques in a solo performance Devise, manipulate, use, describe Unit 4 AOS 2 : Devising a solo performance Use stimulus material to devise a solo performance in response to a prescribed structure Use play-making techniques to extract dramatic potential from stimulus material Apply performance styles and conventions, including application of

symbol and transformation of character, time and place Use dramatic elements and production areas as required Use expressive and performance skills to communicate characters and meaning within a solo performance Establish and maintain an effective actor-audience relationship Present a solo performance devised in response to a prescribed structure Devise, apply, present Unit 4 AOS 3 : Analysing and evaluating a devised solo performance Describe, analyse and evaluate play-making techniques used in developing a devised solo performance Describe, analyse and evaluate the stimulus material used in developing a devised solo performance

Describe, analyse and evaluate the performance styles and conventions (including application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place) used in a devised solo performance Describe, analyse and evaluate application of dramatic elements and production areas in a devised solo performance Describe, analyse and evaluate expressive skills and performance skills to communicate characters and convey meaning within a devised solo performance Use appropriate drama terminology. Describe, analyse, evaluate School-based assessment Unit 4 School-assessed Coursework for Unit 4: 10 percent of the study score Outcomes

Assessment tasks Outcome 1 Demonstrate, in response to given stimulus material, application of symbol and transformation of character, time and place, and describe the techniques used. Task 1 : 15 marks A one- to two-minute presentation of a solo demonstration devised from given stimulus material. AND Task 2 : 10 marks

A short oral or written statement, which describes techniques used in the demonstration. Two marks are entered into VASS for Unit 4 Outcome 1 Outcome 3 Analyse and evaluate the creation, development and presentation of a solo performance devised in response to a prescribed structure. Analysis and evaluation of the solo performance devised in Outcome 2. The analysis and evaluation

may be presented in one or both of the following formats: an oral presentation written responses to structured questions. 25 marks Total marks 50 ACTIVITY Application of symbol 1. Review the definition and examples on the next slide. 2. Using the poem What are little girls

made of, with a partner, brainstorm examples of application of symbol. APPLICATION OF SYMBOL Creating meaning that is not literal. Application of symbol allows actors to communicate ideas and themes through * * * * Action

* Gesture Language * Vocal or facial expression Object/props * Costume Set pieces * Heightened movement. Application of symbol may assist transformations. ACTIVITY Transformation 1.

Review the definition and examples of transformation on the next two slides. Stimulus: Red Riding Hood has been arrested for murdering the big bad wolf and is being questioned at a police station. Flashback to what really happened. 2. With a new partner create this scene and rehearse it 3 times, each time using a different transformation technique. TRANSFORMATION Transformation refers to techniques or methods used by actors to transform or transition between characters and/or times and/or places.

The process of changing or transforming seamlessly is a feature of devised performance work. TECHNIQUES FOR TRANSFORMING Examples of techniques for transforming may include: * snapping * morphing/melding * giving and taking * action and reaction * use of production areas * use of a sound/word * use of an action or gesture *use of heightened language

*repetition. Actors also explore the speed of the transition, for example: slow-motion, fast-forward or reverse. Application of symbol may assist with transformation. UNIT 3 PLAYLIST The Playlist for 2019 will be selected to reflect the revised study design. Part 3 ADVICE and ASSESSMENT Advice for teachers

Advice for teachers will include Developing a program Employability skills Teaching and learning activities Detailed activities Sample approaches for assessment tasks Performance descriptors / rubric EXAMINATION SPECIFICATIONS Examination materials Are published in the first year of implementation (2019) Include: Performance examination specifications,

examination criteria and sample material Written examination specifications and sample material INFORMATION and CONTACTS VCE Drama Index page http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/studies/ drama/dramaindex.aspx Margaret Arnold, Performing Arts Curriculum Manager [email protected]

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